I was looking for some new in-ear headphones this weekend and stumbled across a company called Ultimate Ears. They are the inventors of those hearing aid looking contraptions that sometimes fall out of the artists ears when they are dancing and singing live on TV. Upon further investigation, I found out that Ultimate Ears is well known in the professional world. This IS the ultimate in-ear stage monitor, because they wouldn’t be the “ultimate” is they didn’t have that VERY impressive client list (see link below).

Most of their lines are tailored for the celebrity performer, but they recently released the “affordable” UE-5c, which was specifically made to complement an iPod or other portable devices. These in-ear headphones aren’t your typical earphones, each set is custom fabricated for you ears. In order for you to get a pair of these beauties, you need to schedule an appointment with your local hearing-aid center and have them make impressions of your inner-ear. Then, you send those off to Ultimate Ears and they create a set of UE-5c’s for you (and only you). If you wear headphones often, like 5+ hours a day, or can’t find a pair of earphones that fit your ears perfectly, then you need to get a pair custom made… no exceptions. Just be prepared for the $550 price tag, which is “a small price to pay for living like a rock star”.

— Dual Driver: Single Hi/Single Low (Balanced Armatures)
— Passive Crossover
— Sensitivity: 119db @ 1mw (+ or -3db)
— Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 16k
— Impedance: 21 ohms
— 1/8” Mini connector
— Full hard material for durability
— Replaceable cables in clear, beige, brown or black. 46” or 64” lengths available.

The Impressive Client List
Ultimate Ears UE-5c